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221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
(503) 295-6542http://www.jimmymaks.com/

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February 2016
$20 - $25

Sonny Fortune Quartet – 7pm

February 18 | 7:00 pm
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Sonny Fortune’s legacy is one that has to be compared to legends such as John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley and Charlie Parker.  At 18, Fortune decided to pursue his career in jazz and moved to New York from Philadelphia.  After a quick stint with Elvin Jones, Fortune began playing with McCoy Tyner which is where he started to reinforce his superiority as a soprano sax innovator and visionary.  Fortune has been able to play with greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley and Oliver Jones just to name a few as well as releasing multiple albums as a leader.  This occasion will mark Fortune’s festival debut as leader and paired as special guest soloist with Azar Lawrence celebrating their tenure with Elvin Jones. “Sonny Fortune is one of those relentless, tireless saxophone improvisers who fell under the spell of Trane early and has manifested that spirit throughout his career.” – JazzTimes www.sonnyfortune.com

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$15 - $20

Sonny Fortune Quartet – 9:30pm

February 18 | 9:30 pm
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Sonny Fortune’s legacy is one that has to be compared to legends such as John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley and Charlie Parker.  At 18, Fortune decided to pursue his career in jazz and moved to New York from Philadelphia.  After a quick stint with Elvin Jones, Fortune began playing with McCoy Tyner which is where he started to reinforce his superiority as a soprano sax innovator and visionary.  Fortune has been able to play with greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley and Oliver Jones just to name a few as well as releasing multiple albums as a leader.  This occasion will mark Fortune’s festival debut as leader and paired as special guest soloist with Azar Lawrence celebrating their tenure with Elvin Jones. “Sonny Fortune is one of those relentless, tireless saxophone improvisers who fell under the spell of Trane early and has manifested that spirit throughout his career.” – JazzTimes www.sonnyfortune.com

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$20 - $25

Puttin’ it Together: A Tribute to Elvin Jones – 7pm

February 19 | 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
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Perhaps with the exception of John Stowell, no other Portland jazz artist in the last several decades has logged more miles to Europe than Alan Jones.  His reunion at last year’s Jazz Festival with Lee Konitz was initiated by a tour there in 2008. Jones has taught and presented master classes worldwide from Paris and Vienna to Boston and New York. Jones has been at the forefront for jazz education in Portland through his AJAM program.  For the past several years he has played as a sideman on several PDX Jazz programs celebrating the music of John Coltrane. The 2016 Festival will present Alan as a leader recasting the music of Elvin Jones with Azar Lawrence, Sonny Fortune and Jonathan Lakey. “Elvin showed me drumming techniques with a terrifying directness. He always called me “Brother Jones”, and in that simple way made me feel un-terrifiedly connected, not only to him, but to…

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$15 - $20

Puttin’ it Together: A Tribute to Elvin Jones – 9:30pm

February 19 | 9:30 pm - 10:45 pm
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Perhaps with the exception of John Stowell, no other Portland jazz artist in the last several decades has logged more miles to Europe than Alan Jones.  His reunion at last year’s Jazz Festival with Lee Konitz was initiated by a tour there in 2008. Jones has taught and presented master classes worldwide from Paris and Vienna to Boston and New York. Jones has been at the forefront for jazz education in Portland through his AJAM program.  For the past several years he has played as a sideman on several PDX Jazz programs celebrating the music of John Coltrane. The 2016 Festival will present Alan as a leader recasting the music of Elvin Jones with Azar Lawrence, Sonny Fortune and Jonathan Lakey. “Elvin showed me drumming techniques with a terrifying directness. He always called me “Brother Jones”, and in that simple way made me feel un-terrifiedly connected, not only to him, but to…

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$20 - $25

Olé Coltrane: Bobby Torres Ensemble – 7:30pm

February 20 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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The most important post-Coltrane saxophonist to emerge from the LA scene since Dexter Gordon, Lawrence served important apprenticeships with Trane’s drummer and pianist Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner.  Lawrence has also worked over the years with Frank Zappa, Horace Tapscott and Woody Shaw, but ultimately heeded the call for New York to join Elvin’s Jazz Machine. While there he participated on a legendary album (Dark Magus) for Miles Davis.  Lawrence, who last played in Portland on two successive memorable programs in 2013 (Coltrane ’64 and ’65) with Devin Phillips, will be re-united with Alan Jones and Elvin’s other saxophonist Sonny Fortune. He’ll also be featured with Bobby Torres on Ole Coltrane. “Bobby Torres Ensemble – Latin jazz with enough flavor and spice to satisfy your body and soul’s need for rhythmic harmony.” – The Oregonian www.azarlawrence.com

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$15 - $20

Olé Coltrane: Bobby Torres Ensemble – 10pm

February 20 | 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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The most important post-Coltrane saxophonist to emerge from the LA scene since Dexter Gordon, Lawrence served important apprenticeships with Trane’s drummer and pianist Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner.  Lawrence has also worked over the years with Frank Zappa, Horace Tapscott and Woody Shaw, but ultimately heeded the call for New York to join Elvin’s Jazz Machine. While there he participated on a legendary album (Dark Magus) for Miles Davis.  Lawrence, who last played in Portland on two successive memorable programs in 2013 (Coltrane ’64 and ’65) with Devin Phillips, will be re-united with Alan Jones and Elvin’s other saxophonist Sonny Fortune. He’ll also be featured with Bobby Torres on Ole Coltrane. “Bobby Torres Ensemble – Latin jazz with enough flavor and spice to satisfy your body and soul’s need for rhythmic harmony.” – The Oregonian www.azarlawrence.com

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$20 - $25

Freight Trane: Kenny Burrell/John Coltrane Collaboration

February 22 | 7:30 pm
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Dan Balmer is a true musical native gem. He is one of only five people to be members of both The Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame and is the youngest of the honorees. In addition to appearing on over 80 CD’s, Balmer has released eight albums under his own name. Balmer’s notoriety as a musician took off in the 1980s and 1990s, partnering with renowned Portland pianist Tom Grant. He performs weekly with his own band and with drummer Mel Brown at Jimmy Maks, and continues to collaborate with bassist David Friesen. Balmer, who heads the jazz program at Lewis & Clark College, has played the festival in multiple situations, most recently in tribute to Jim Hall and prior with the Jazz Passengers.   This festival edition he’ll perform with Javon Jackson, recasting the album Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane.  www.danbalmer.com

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$20 - $25

Nicole Glover Quartet

February 23 | 7:30 pm
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Portland-native Nicole Glover started playing clarinet at the age of 10 but quickly transitioned to tenor saxophone the next year.  Soon she was selected for the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which led her to play with exceptional musicians such as Bobby Watson, Julian Lage and Wynton Marsalis.  Glover has recorded with Esperanza Spalding, most notably on the Grammy®-award winning album Radio Music Society. Her debut album, First Record, establishes her as a skilled technician, recalling the sounds of John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman.  However she maintains a unique and recognizable tone, avoiding a common flaw in young saxophonists. For her debut album release, Glover will be joined by George Colligan, Jonathan Lakey and Alan Jones. “The quality that excites and promises the most from Glover is her simultaneous rejection of tenor saxophone clichés while still celebrating the instrument in its fullest.” – All About Jazz www.nicoleglover.com

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$20 - $25

West Coast Blues: Celebrating Wes, Jimmy, and Trane

February 24 | 7:30 pm
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A musical celebration to Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith and John Coltrane.

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$20 - $25

Chuck Israels: Coltrane Time

February 25 | 7:30 pm
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Chuck Israels is a composer/arranger/bassist who has worked with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, J.J. Johnson, John Coltrane, and many others. He is best known for his work with the Bill Evans Trio from 1961 through 1966 and for his pioneering accomplishments in Jazz Repertory as Director of the National Jazz Ensemble from 1973 to 1981.  He directed the jazz studies program at Western Washington University from 1986 to 2009 when he retired from that position and moved to Portland, OR, to return to full time professional musical life forming the Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra. Israels had the good fortune to be included in a recording session with John Coltrane in March of 1958 which this program draws its inspiration from.  States Israels, “John had gained attention in the Miles Davis Quintet and was one of the accomplished tenor players of the period but not yet the iconic idol…

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$20 - $25

Marquis Hill

February 26 | 7:30 pm
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Trumpeter, composer and recent Thelonious Monk Competition winner, Marquis Hill will make his Jazz Festival debut on a program tribute to one of his main influences Freddie Hubbard.  Raised in the Chatham neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, his introduction to music was made by taking up the drum kit in the fourth grade. Upon finalizing his formal education with a Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy from DePaul University, Hill began working more frequently both as a sideman and a leader of his own ensemble, the Blacktet , and will be performing the National Anthem at the Portland Trailblazers’ game the night prior to his concert at the Festival. In addition to performance, Mr. Hill has been an active educator. He has held teaching positions at numerous institutions including the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin; The NIU Summer Jazz Camp; The University of Illinois at…

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Free

PDX Jazz Festival Jam Session

February 26 | 10:30 pm - February 27 | 1:00 am
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Alto saxophonist and drummer Christopher Brown hails from Portland but has performed all over the globe with a who’s who of artists including Esperanza Spualding, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Ray Charles, Orrin Evans, Javon Jackson, Chuck Israels and more. In addition to pianist David Goldblatt (who you can read more about here), Brown will also team up with bassist Dylan Sundstrom. Dylan began playing bass at age twelve and studied for six years with Northwest guitar legend Jho Blenis. He also has gigged extensively in the Portland area, and was called on for many sessions at the renowned recording studio known as the “Kung Fu Bakery”. www.coutureofmusic.com  

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$20

Orrin Evans Trio – 7:30pm

February 27 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Celebrating Coltrane’s legacy offers opportunities to explore through-lines to the saxophonist’s Philly roots and his indomitable and enduring pianist, McCoy Tyner.  Orrin Evans (Philly’s jazz mayor at multiple venues over the years including the fabled Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus), will perform with a high caliber trio on three programs; to anchor the Africa Brass Ensemble, perform with special guest JD Allen, and join the Saxophone Supreme Summit with Allen, Jimmy Greene and a surprise guest.  Evans is on a roll with his latest disc featuring Philly kindred spirit Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins, his surging popularity fronting the Captain Black Big Band, and as a longstanding performer in the Sean Jones Quartet.  His former teacher (also from Philadelphia) Kenny Barron will also make his Festival debut. “…he brings a bold intensity to the piano, seemingly informed by McCoy Tyner’s voicings and a heavyweight boxer’s roundhouse punches.” – NPR.org www.orrinevansmusic.com

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$15 - $20

Orrin Evans Trio – 10pm

February 27 | 10:00 pm - 11:15 pm
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Celebrating Coltrane’s legacy offers opportunities to explore through-lines to the saxophonist’s Philly roots and his indomitable and enduring pianist, McCoy Tyner.  Orrin Evans (Philly’s jazz mayor at multiple venues over the years including the fabled Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus), will perform with a high caliber trio on three programs; to anchor the Africa Brass Ensemble, perform with special guest JD Allen, and join the Saxophone Supreme Summit with Allen, Jimmy Greene and a surprise guest.  Evans is on a roll with his latest disc featuring Philly kindred spirit Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins, his surging popularity fronting the Captain Black Big Band, and as a longstanding performer in the Sean Jones Quartet.  His former teacher (also from Philadelphia) Kenny Barron will also make his Festival debut. “…he brings a bold intensity to the piano, seemingly informed by McCoy Tyner’s voicings and a heavyweight boxer’s roundhouse punches.” – NPR.org www.orrinevansmusic.com

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